SPARC – ADD / ADHD Parent Support Group

MEETING INFORMATION

Where: District Education Center(DEC) 2520 E. 12th Ave., North St. Paul
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

All adults are welcome to our group. You do not need to live in District 622 in order to attend. We ask that you do not bring children to meetings but they are welcome to come to our childcare.  We meet on the second Monday of the month from October to April from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., with the exception of December. We meet at the District Education Center(DEC), 2520 E. 12th Ave., North St. Paul.  We will meet in the boardroom, on the main level. Please park in the east parking lot (by the soccer field), enter through the east doors, and follow the signs to our meeting. If you are using childcare, check-in with us at the boardroom and we will show you how to find the childcare room.

*Support Meetings are cancelled whenever the School District is closed due to bad weather.
Child care reservations can be arranged by calling at least one week before each meeting:  651-748-7594. Please provide your name, and the name and age of your child(ren). The cost is $2.00 per child, per meeting. There is no drop-in care.

For any questions please contact Marilyn Galloway – mgalloway@prairie-care.com 952-913-7288


SUPPORT GROUP SCHEDULE

2016-17 SPARC Schedule (Schools Parents And Resources Connecting – formerly ADD/ADHD Support Group)


Monday, October 9th, 2017

Positive Discipline
Presented by: Lindsay Johnston, LMFT, PrairieCare

 


Monday, November 13th, 2017

Trauma
Presented by:

 


Monday, January 8th, 2018

ADHD Secrets
Presented by: Dr. Chris Bedford, CALM Clinic of Minneapolis

 


Monday, February 12th, 2018

Chemical Use Trends
Presented by:

Being a teenager is hard enough without throwing chemicals into the mix! In this session you’ll learn the impact chemicals have on your teen’s ability to grow and learn. You’ll also learn strategies for how to start a conversation about chemicals with your teen.


Monday, March 12th, 2018

Development and Diagnosis
Presented by: Dr. Lauren Braswell of St. Thomas University

Course description coming soon


Monday, April 10th, 2017

Video Game Addiction and Healthy Use
Presented by: Matt Meyers, LMFT, Traverse Counseling

Course description coming soon.


Sponsors:  School District 622 and PrairieCare

FINDING OUR MEETINGS

The best way to get to the DEC is to take Highway 36 to McKnight Road and go north. Then take the first right onto 11th Avenue.  DEC is the building after North High,on the south side of the street. If you are traveling west on Highway 36 you can also take the Margaret Street exit and go straight. DEC will be on your left.

CHILDCARE – PLEASE CALL AHEAD

Please make childcare reservations at least one week before every meeting. Call 651-748-7594 and leave a message with your name and phone number and the names and ages of your child(ren). If you do not leave all of this information, your reservation for childcare will not be accepted, so please don’t forget. The cost is $2 per child per meeting. There is no drop-in care.  If you make a reservation and then later realize that you can no longer attend that night’s meeting, please call the childcare line so we can give your child’s spot to someone else.

MEETING CANCELLATIONS

Support group meetings are cancelled whenever District 622 is closed due to bad weather. You can find out if the district is closed at www.isd622.org.

CHANGES TO UNDERSTANDING 504 PLANS AND ACCOMMODATIONS

There have been recent changes to how Section 504 is being interpreted by the US Office of Civil Rights (OCR).The OCR has issued new policy guidelines in response to concerns that many school districts are interpreting Section 504 law too narrowly and as a result, denying accommodation services to some students who should be getting them. Kids with ADHD may be denied 504 accommodations by schools and parents don’t always know what to do when this occurs. Read this blog from Wayne Kalyn at Additude Magazine to learn more:additudemag.com/adhdblogs/4/9719.html

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